con·​fla·​tion | \ kən-ˈflā-shən How to pronounce conflation (audio) \

Definition of conflation

: blend, fusion especially : a composite reading or text

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Examples of conflation in a Sentence

the word “robustious” is probably a conflation of “robust” and “boisterous”

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City officials warned repeatedly against the conflation of homelessness, drug use and crime. Dominic Fracassa,, "Breed beefs up patrols, outreach after more waterfront attacks come to light," 21 Aug. 2019 There is a conflation of lies and truth to create a miasma of misinformation, and a stoking of racial and religious grievance to solidify political animosities. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Will our migrant detention cages be studied in tomorrow’s museums?," 18 July 2019 There is a conflation of lies and truth to create a miasma of misinformation, and a stoking of racial and religious grievance to solidify political animosities. Philip Kennicott,, "Will future museums study our migrant cages?," 22 July 2019 Being a drag queen, in fact, is not the same as being transgender, though that conflation is a common misconception. David Rosenfeld, The Mercury News, "Drag Queen Story Hour draws protests in Southern California," 20 July 2019 Certainly, not all those who keep the memory of the Holocaust alive today would agree with me, as evidenced by the fact that some have spoken out against conflation of situations and terms. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The “concentration camp” language debate is the wrong fight," 13 July 2019 There must be weird deep currents of shame that would lead you to that point, a conflation of the child’s success with your own. Willing Davidson, The New Yorker, "Emma Cline on the Movie Business," 24 June 2019 There’s also a more general conflation of white evangelicalism with the GOP party agenda, which has been intensifying since the days of the Moral Majority in the 1980s. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Several white evangelical leaders reject anti-immigrant rhetoric. Why do their flocks embrace it?," 20 Nov. 2018 But, surprisingly, Democrats and many members of the media also seem to have accepted the conflation of conspiracy with collusion, and have failed to make much of an issue of the latter. Ben Bradlee Jr., The New Yorker, "How Collusion Confusion Helps Trump," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of conflation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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